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I bought this plant from a home repair store 3 days back, but I don't know what it is. Now it seems that its decaying. What is this plant and what do I need to do to take care of it?

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If you bought it just 3 days ago, do you still have the receipt/tag on the plant? Are you watering the plant/have you watered since you bought it? –  Lorem Ipsum Sep 10 '11 at 17:31
    
@yoda: thanks. yes, I've been watering since I bought it. Does matter where I put that plat? I've been moving it around since I found it loosing its shape. And I do not have the tag/receipt :( –  hari Sep 10 '11 at 17:36
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You could also go back to the store to see if they still have them on sale. it should, probably have had a care tag. –  winwaed Sep 10 '11 at 17:40
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This is a begonia. Is it only the flowers that are browning, or are the leaves browning (first at the edges) and shriveling, too? Is there any rot on the stem or leaves? It's hard to judge from the photo. How often are you watering the plant, how much water do you give it and is it standing in direct sunlight? Answers to these questions would be a great help in diagnosing the problem. Thanks. –  Mancuniensis Sep 10 '11 at 19:16
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It is a begonia, probably a Rieger begonia. Check this begonia care site for details.

Begonias commonly get gray mold (Botrytis). Since this fungus moves from dead tissue into living, pick off any dead flowers or leaves as soon as you can. Try to keep the foliage and flowers dry.

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